Paradise Roasters

Sulawesi Tana Toraja Peaberry

Location: Ramsey, Minnesota

Origin: Toraja growing region, South Sulawesi, Indonesia

Roast: Light

Est. Price: $15.95/12 ounces

Review Date: February 2014

Agtron: 57/85

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Savory sweet, striking, unusual. Ripe tomato, vanilla, sweet flowers, orangy citrus, roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Delicate, sweetly brisk acidity; light, silky mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates in a sweet-toned, gently drying finish.


Sulawesi coffee like this one from the Toarco mill is fully wet-processed, unlike the more earthy and idiosyncratic wet-hulled coffees produced in Sulawesi and elsewhere in Indonesia. This sample consists entirely of peaberries, a kind of bean that results when the coffee fruit develops only a single, oval bean rather than the usual pair of flat-sided beans. Peaberries produce a somewhat different (often better) cup than normal beans from the same crop, from which they may or may not be separated during grading. Paradise Roasters specializes in micro-lot coffees and espressos from Hawaii and other premier coffee growing regions. The company prides itself on quality and freshness, craft-roasting coffees in small batches only after orders are placed. Visit www.paradiseroasters.com or call 763-433-0626 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: An unusual overlap of ripe, slightly savory tomato and sweet, vanilla-like flowers animates this distinctive coffee.

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